Dar Williams wrote the powerful song ‘Go To The Woods’ in 2012, a composition that expressed her fears that the green spaces of the world are disappearing. The bitingly funny lyrics included the verse “Just go out for a breath of air/And you’ll be ready for Medicare/The city streets are really quite a thrill/If the hoods don’t get you, the monoxide will”. In 1971, singer-songwriter John Prine wrote his marvellous song ‘Paradise’ about the environmental damages of strip mining and the destruction it wreaked on small communities. His disturbing song, sung at a maudlin pace with slow piano, is full of potent imagery: “The Cuyahoga River goes smokin’ through my dreams/Burn on, big river/Burn on.”, Rush lyricist Neil Peart once commissioned some drum makers to build him an entire kit from a 1,500-year old piece of Romanian wood. The Care Of The Earth – Dave Kinnoin. Sung to: "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" Earth Day, Earth Day, Comes once a year. / What about rain? The downbeat mood of the song was heightened by the eerie Moog synthesiser playing of Daryl Dragon. Young also wrote ‘Be The Rain’, a song that calls on the big oil companies to stop ruining the planet. 16 - Green Day by Green Day 17 - The Forest by The Cure 18 - Last Man on Earth by Alice Cooper 19 - A Pillow of Winds by Pink Floyd 20 - Planet Earth by Duran Duran Honorable Mention: "Against the Wind" by Bob Segar. Dolly Parton has recorded several versions it. I hope you can use them at home, in your classroom or your daycare to help the children celebrate. “‘One World’ has now become a phrase used all over the television,” Martyn said. If Earth and Sun and Moon isn't Midnight Oil's best effort, it's certainly close. I don’t think many people knew the expression before then.” The tune is superb – a perfect expression of how we are all individual and universal at the same time. This ranked list includes songs like "Planet Earth" by Duran Duran, and "Hello Earth" by Kate Bush. The Bible tells us that God created everything on the earth in six days. Lush instrumentation introduces a magnificent song that opens with such memorable lines: “I see trees of green, red roses, too/I see them bloom for me and you/And I think to myself: What a wonderful world.”. In ‘Pollution’, the brilliant satirical singer-songwriter Tom Lehrer warned visitors to America about the environmental problems of his home country, and the way his nation’s air and water was being blighted. / What about killing fields? Are you the "music guy" on your trivia team? Clean up the Garbage - by Paul Ippolito. Here are the inspirational songs that help you to kickstart your life. Peart recalled that he wrote his song ‘The Trees’ in “about five minutes”, after seeing a cartoon picture of trees “carrying on like fools”. Earth Pledge – Earth Mama - Joyce Rouse. Williams has also covered Joe Strummer’s rousing song ‘Johnny Appleseed’ (“If you’re after getting the honey, hey/Then you don’t go killing all the bees”). The Best Songs with Earth in the Title Planet Earth I Feel the Earth Move Heaven Is a Place on Earth The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth Down to Earth Hello Earth Earth Song Not to Touch the Earth Last Days on Earth Earth Angel - the Penguins Salt of the Earth Earth A.D. Scum of the Earth You Make … “I took a taxi to the hotel and when I woke up the next morning, I threw back the curtains and saw these beautiful green mountains in the distance. Songs from a Naturalists Notebook – Foster Brown. Offers a collection of children's songs (original lyrics set to familiar tunes), fingerplays, and action rhymes about Earth Day, protecting the earth, and the environment. A short film of ‘Pollution’, featuring a cartoon of a bird playing the piano at a rubbish dump, combined with scenes of industrial contamination across the States, was made for the US Communicable Disease Centre. Queen singer Freddie Mercury said that he sometimes felt helpless about the state of the planet and that was the reason he and Brian May penned ‘Is This the World We Created…?’. These are some of my favorite Earth Day songs and recycling songs for kids; try them out and let me know your favorite in the comments below.